Getting the right job, just right

Post 53:

So you want to get a job? Good, just make sure it’s right.

First and foremost, I need to point out (to those who don’t already know) that I am a full-time student. However, I have had several jobs in the past being a mature student. Having said that, I want to share with you some of the things I have learnt (over the past years) whilst getting a job along the way!

Visualise, picture & dream

Whenever looking up jobs online, in a newspaper, or using another medium, think to yourself: is this the right job within this company? The reason I say this is because so many people (I am mainly refferring to unemployed students) look at the job title, and specification without giving much thought as to who the company is, and what it stands for. After all, the company could be your place of work.

Two very important elements if you get the job. Why? See below:

  • If you get a good position in a company you can’t stand, the chances of you phoning in sick would increase tenfold. What about that absence record whenever you feel it’s time to move on?
  • If you get the right company, your work will be better. In fact, it will often reach your potential. It really is mindblown how much you can do whenever you’re in the right mindset – happiness improves things

We all have dreams, that is only natural; however, these dreams need examined in a logical manner. We need to think, not of the possibilities of being ‘successful’ but being in the right place for you!

Organisational culture

Everywhere you look there’s culture. This includes buildings you get paid to be in: your place of work. It also means that office politics varies from company to company, rather than jobs! For example, a lawyer could be more at ease with him/herself if the organisation is right for them, after all, the title ‘solicitor’ is still the same for BBC and CNN, but BBC could have a different approach to law, compared to CNN, as an example.

Global VS Regional VS local

Our dreams often program our mindset to think of the biggest firms within our industry. However, in reality we really need to think about our other commitments, as well as an important factor – our own culture

While you may have grown up thinking of a place of work since you were a young child, it is a really good skill to analyse your own way of life. For example, why fall in love with your childhood dream of an organisation which would require a increased workload? That is, sometimes these global companies offer higher salaries to ensure their employees work more.

But I’ve a family now. I like relaxing on a Wednesday evening with my Mum

The point I’m trying to make, is that, whenever you were thinking of that company as a child, you were in a different position. You are better getting a job in a company you can literally picture yourself working for. Chances are, your culture and way of life is less likely to change as quickly as you want it to.

So, what are you saying?

Getting a job in an organisation isn’t easy, but finding an organisation and being happy in it is easier if you get the right organisation. You could be a teacher and pick a massive school, you could also be a better teacher by picking a more rural, smaller school. You could be a manager of ICT software in a global company, but find yourself having to adapt your personal life too quickly in such a short period of time, you could forget that your normal (social) activities you used to do kept you sane. You could choose a different company which also specialises in other areas, like software usability, accessibility and production of discs (to keep this in line of the example) as well as other ‘hardware.’ You could be in a high street fashion business, but find that you aren’t getting as much of a buzz. You could set-up a partnership with someone, visualizing your very own dream, not that structured one your old employer wants you to stick to.

I am also saying that we, as human beings, are very much ‘stuck’ in our ways. Why push your cultured, already built self too much, for something you could do somewhere else. This is embraceing what you have, love and are brillant at. Your dreams haven’t been unaccomplished, you have made them fully accomplished because you realise yourself by deploying your skills in the same area, just not in the place you once thought, a few years ago.

The point is, like human beings, organisational culture changes from company to company, just like behaviour changes from person to person.

Thanks for letting me make this blog a little more random by posting a ‘business’ themed post on here!

Post 53, over and out

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